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Friday, October 19, 2012

Here I go again. After a plateau that lasted weeks, I am now losing weight again. In the last two weeks, I have dropped 3.5 pounds which is fast for me. This morning's loss means I'm now 18 pounds from goal and 14 pounds from a BMI under 25! emoticon

What is key? Actually there are two keys--persistence and patience. I restarted SP in early January as part of a new year's resolution. Now, it is almost Halloween. It hasn't been easy and if you read any of my other blog entries you will know how impatient and whiny I can be and how many public pity parties I've held. Yet, somehow through it all, I kept logging in and doing what I'm supposed to do 80-90% of the time.

For me, what I think has been different this time has been the storms I've survived in the last two years. Job loss, family crisis, and so forth. When the storm waters calmed, I wanted to do something for once and be successful at it.

Believe me, I haven't been on program perfectly. I've missed workouts, skipped a few days of tracking my food intake (mostly early in the year), and experienced every level of frustration and disappointment when the scale didn't move for three, four or five weeks. I had plenty of moments where I thought, "Well, I wasn't meant to have a BMI under 25 or weigh less than this that or the other."

There are also two major factors. 1) I'm a single, empty nester; 2) I have a low-stress job with flexible hours and tons of vacation time.

So I'm not dealing with a husband that brings home junk or kids that I have to drive to soccer practice. It's all about me, me, me. I have the luxury of being able to focus.

Also, I'm older and wiser. I finally understand that you don't go "on" or "off" a diet. Somehow, I've managed to blur the line between how I eat when I'm on a "diet" and how I eat anyway. That is also key. Going "on a diet" and making extreme sweeping changes where I'm no longer indulging my sweet tooth or eating barbecued ribs sounds punishing. Yet, that's what I would do when I'd "go on a diet." It didn't work for me because it's not sustainable.

What I did do was pay attention to the good habits I already had and started building those up. For example, I seldom eat after 8pm. That's just me. I also am not crazy about chocolate cake. I know it's weird, but for some reason I can resist it so it's easy to give up. But I love ribs and chocolate chip cookies. I gave up eating lots of processed foods. Not all, but most. I still buy those dang frozen meals for busy days. I focused on vegetables I like--salads with cucumber, carrots, red onion and a hint of cheese with lite dressing. Broccoli, cabbage, green beans, spinach, greens. I also eat lots of chicken and lean cuts of beef. I try to stay on track during the work week and indulge a little more on weekends. I'm also somewhat of a food snob, if it's calorie dense but only "okay" I stop eating it. Yesterday I only had a few bites of an ice cream float because it didn't taste that great. Mediocrity is not worth the calories.

Exercise? 4-5x a week for an hour. Some weeks I do better, other weeks are worse. I've morphed into somewhat of a gym rat. I try out different classes and am constantly tweaking my routine. When the weather is nice, I walk outdoors. Now that it's getting cold, I'll probably mall walk (since I'm now a grandma, lol) or something.

I have not been at this weight in about 10 years and it feels great to be back.

It's all good. Keep pushing!

Onward and downward.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITWITHIN 10/20/2012 7:24PM

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CRISSA1669 10/20/2012 7:18PM

    Awesome job...sounds like you've got your groove! Yes, onward and downward...I'm with you :)

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FLEURGARDEN 10/20/2012 12:58PM

    Great job! You'll be at your goal weight before you know it.

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KRISZTA11 10/19/2012 12:57PM

    Wow, you are doing great!
Congrats to your success!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 10/19/2012 10:36AM

    I love that thought, "Mediocrity is not worth the calories." Very true, I've given up cheap chocolate and only indulge in the good stuff.

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JOYANN84 10/19/2012 10:11AM

    Great job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRFUZZ 10/19/2012 9:00AM

    Impressive! You've done so well! Thanks for the inpsiration and tips! emoticon

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LAC936 10/19/2012 8:17AM

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